Archive for the ‘Piracy’ tag
The BBC is reporting that the founders of the now infamous website the Pirate Bay (which we will not link here) have been sentenced to jail.
The founders for a long time had skirted charges based on a loophole in Sweedish law which allowed bit torrent trackers to operate legally in their country. Alexa rates the Pirate Bay 105th most popular of all the websites in the world.
They were sentenced to one year of jail time plus a fine of $4.5 million. The founders say they don’t have it to pay and would rather burn everything they own than pay it.
“Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and Peter Sunde were found guilty in the case, along with Carl Lundström,” wrote Wired.com
Engadget, the mega tech blog points out that an appeal is inevitable and that nothing in the courts order will actually shut down the website.
Even if it did if the history of piracy has taught us anything shutting down one venue has been a game of whack a mole. As soon as one ‘mole’ is whacked another pops up to take its place.